Airport tarmac. At this point, I'm starting to think that I would welcome a death by helicopter. And I don't mean on the show, I mean for myself -- that's how bored I am. The RV pulls up next to the airport building (I should mention, this is just a small airfield), and everyone files out. Now they're discussing the Black and Brown Debate. Josh thinks that Santos needs to focus on economic issues: "Lack of opportunity is the root of all our divisions." Santos thinks that will make him look ridiculous, and that Josh is "trying to steer [him] toward middle-of-the-road positions that will appeal to C-SPAN viewers." Instead of talking just about economics, Santos wants to discuss the fact that "minority kids are five times more likely to grow up poor and fatherless." Lest you think that he's talking about some kind of marriage incentive, he later clarifies that he thinks the government should be putting money into making sure that all those deadbeat dads actually support their kids. Josh thinks that arguing that position will make him "look as though [he's] lecturing African-Americans." During this entire discussion (which goes on for some time), the two of them are circling a small airplane while Santos takes a quick look at various parts of the vehicle. At the end of the debate, Santos returns to ethanol and tells Josh that he wants to review the speech. And then Santos walks up the steps into the plane. Ned is still at the bottom of the stairs, and Josh points out that it's a pretty small plane: "Buddy Holly small. Big Bopper small." Ned tells us that the Big Bopper's real name was Jiles Perry Richardson, and he reminds Josh that Ritchie Valens was on the same plane: "All went down right here in Iowa."
Josh climbs into the plane and takes his seat. Ronna is sitting across from him, and Ned sits next to him. Josh asks where Santos is, and Ronna tells Josh he's up front: "Can't exactly fly it from back here." Santos turns around in the pilot's seat and asks if everyone is ready. He tells Josh to put on his seat belt: "Don't think I'll ever get tired of doing barrel rolls." And then he winks at Josh. So this scene gave us some HoYay (in short supply this episode), and also a sighting of the Official Campaign Metaphor.
The RV (now with a police escort) pulls into the Jefferson Cattle Barn. At least that's what the subtitle tells us. On my own, I'm not sure I would have realized it, what with this being the exact same shot that was used when the Russell motorcade arrived at the expo. As Santos exits the RV, he's reading a snippet from the speech. He sounds unimpressed, and Josh finally gives what may be the only argument in favor of ethanol that's actually articulated by anybody on the show: "We've lost 850,000 jobs to foreign oil; ethanol's created 150,000. Think of it as a Midwestern jobs program."